No good news for Turkish Eurovision fans this weekend – TRT General Director İbrahim Şahin stated that the country won’t participate Eurovision next year unless the rules are changed. Last December TRT surprisingly withdrew from Eurovision Song Contest and explained the decision by the ‘unfair Big5 and voting rules’.
By voting rules they mean the fact that national juries have a 50% stake while TRT demands audience to have the full power. They also think it’s unfair that the ‘privileged’ countries are automatically in the final without first competing in the semi-finals.
EBU to publish rules later this month
The European Broadcasting Union is currently working on with the 2014 song contest rules which will be introduced by the end of the month. Şahin says that they will make the final decision after these rules have been published. The EBU haven’t said whether there will be any changes to the rules or not, this is what Jon Ola Sand commented last week;
– We are constantly working on the rules to keep them applicable and relevant. We are in the middle of the 2014 rules process and I will comment more on the rules when we send them out in late September.
Broadcasters must confirm their participation to EBU by the end of the year.